Visitors to Bali have long been drawn to the stunning emerald terraces that were first planted by Hindu priests when they arrived on the island in the 9th century. Locals and visitors alike appreciate the beauty of these fields as they change seasons, from planting to harvest offering up a serene, peaceful sight far removed from the bustling beaches of Bali’s tourist zones.
This 3-hour small group Bali tour will whisk you away from the tourist track and introduce you to the local life on the rice terraces of Kerobokan that defines the country’s agricultural industry.
Before you do, kick off your adventure with a visit to a large bric-a-brac antiques warehouse, followed by a walk through the local market where your guide will explain how local businesses operate.
Then, it’s to the fields! Here your guide will explain how the subak irrigation system works — it’s an ancient irrigation system, having first been introduced by Hindu priests when they arrived on Bali over 1,200 years ago, but is still very much in use today. The subak system is about so much more than just watering plants, though. It creates ecosystems for new life, and is bound by the community’s temples, where water priests honour the relationship between humans, the Earth, and the gods. You’ll learn more about this relationship with a visit to a local subak temple, a gathering place for farmers. You’ll walk from here in to the expansive rice fields of Kerobokan, where you will begin your trek of about two to three kilometres (wear comfy shoes that you don’t mind getting wet!).
Make your way through the terraces, using the tops of walls as a pathway. Cross over rivers, carefully treading over the farmers’ bamboo bridges from one rice field to the next.
The local farmers here don’t just grow rice, but also tomatoes, beans, bananas, eggplant, chilies, corn, sugar cane and water snails. The rice fields themselves are home to a number of aquatic species, including frogs, fish, crabs, and snails — it’s the perfect little ecosystem and you’ll have a better understanding of how it all works together.
After your trek, you will be met by your driver, who will take you back to the starting point. From there, you’re free to explore more of the area on your own, or your local guide can give you some tips on where to go for lunch in the area before heading back to your hotel.